From sharing lunch with colleagues on a sunny day to special events of live music and culture, the Amphitheatre in Sheldon Square is at the heart of Paddington Central, bringing work teams, families and friends together and providing a focal point for our community.
Updating this well-loved space could not be done without talking through designs and ideas with our local community. We held consultations with Paddington Central’s local people, retailers, companies and stakeholders (such as the Mosaic Community Trust, PiP and Queen’s Park Primary) to find out what was essential to them. The result is a new Amphitheatre design that’s more accessible and welcoming for all who live, work and visit with development works starting this March until winter 2022.
Our new design will provide:
A dynamic and exciting performance space
With a larger ‘stage’ area for events, the Amphitheatre is set to become a year-round destination for people to relax and enjoy culture, music, entertainment and wellbeing pop-ups. We’re also expanding the amount of seating and making it more comfortable.
Improved accessibility and inclusivity
A new ramp and central staircase alongside handrails and textured paving means the space will be easier to access with better lighting whatever the weather and season.
A greener space for all
We’re adding new trees and sun-loving, resilient plants plus a beautiful water feature that reflects our canalside location. The addition of 40+ colourful perennial plant species will help to reduce pollution, improve air quality, increase biodiversity and climate change resilience.
A more sustainable future
We’re sustainably improving the Amphitheatre in Sheldon Square by using Earth Friendly Concrete to reduce embodied carbon by 79% (this is equivalent to 758 single car journeys from Paddington Central to Land’s End and 12 return flights between London and Hong Kong).
Support for local businesses
We’ll be improving access and enhancing the fronts of our existing shops, gym and restaurants (which will remain open throughout the build).
A place of calm
The new design gives people a communal area but also one with more intimate quiet spaces where they can find pockets of reflection during their day.
The new Amphitheatre will also support people’s active lifestyles and give a place where people can relax, work, learn and where children can play. We can’t wait to see you there.
The latest construction timetable
Construction works at the Amphitheatre are undertaken by 8build as principal contractor.
The first part of the redevelopment will see hoarding erected around the Amphitheatre with shops remaining accessible via the central and west staircases. The hoarding will consist of a timber design at 2.4m in height and will be clad in vinyl graphics sympathetic to the aesthetic of the surrounding area and promoting local business.
A loading bay is to be created adjacent to 3 Sheldon Square. All vehicle deliveries to this area will be monitored by traffic marshals and coordinated with British Land in good time to ensure alignment with existing stakeholder agreements.
Site offices and welfare arrangements will be located nearby in the Undercroft. The majority of smaller materials will be delivered here and then distributed to the site on a Just-in-Time basis to minimise disruption to surrounding residents and businesses.
All operational and logistics plans will be coordinated with Paddington Central prior to works commencing and throughout the duration of the project. 8build shall endeavor to work with all stakeholders wherever practicable and will be happy to answer any questions in relation to the project.
A piece by Adam Nathaniel Furman has been commissioned for the Amphitheatre walkway.
Artist and designer, Adam Nathaniel Furman was born in St Mary's Hospital Paddington. He is a London based artist with a multi-cultural and multi-religious background whose artworks celebrate inclusivity and promote wellbeing. Inspired by the neighbourhood's rich heritage and the refurbished Amphitheatre's abundant planting, Furman's new site-specific artwork provides a direct and inclusively sensual experience for visitors of all backgrounds and ages that creates an all-year-round celebration of the colours of nature.
Hoarding install: March 2022 (two weeks)
Works begin: April 2022
Noisy Working times: Monday to Friday 9:00am- 11:00am & 2:00pm-4:30pm, Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm, Sunday None
Opening: Early 2023
We’re enhancing the Amphitheatre in Sheldon Square by improving accessibility, creating more green space and installing unique design elements to support wellbeing at Paddington Central.